Magpie (butterfly)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Danainae
Genus: Protoploea
Species: P. apatela
Binomial name
Protoploea apatela
(Joicey & Talbot, 1925)

Protoploea apatela, the magpie, is a species of nymphalid butterfly in the Danainae subfamily.

It is monotypic within the genus Protoploea.[1]


Protoploea apatela is endemic to montane New Guinea island, found in Papua New Guinea, and in Western New Guinea of Indonesia.[2]

It is a near threatened species on the IUCN Red List.[3]


  1. ^ Ackery PR, and Vane-Wright RI. (1984). Milkweed butterflies. British Museum (Natural History), London.
  2. ^ Tree of Life: Protoploea apatela
  3. ^ IUCN